Air Force veteran and State Auditor and Insurance Commissioner Troy Downing was on the KGVO Talk Back Show on Monday and discussed the resettlement of Afghan ‘humanitarian parolees’ in the Missoula area.
Downing first addressed the reason why the U.S. was involved in Afghanistan, after the attacks on September 11, 2001.
“In Afghanistan, that was a direct result of America being attacked on our own soil,” said Downing. “I mean, that was a direct response to our national interests, and it was a reaction to protect America from those that would do us harm, and they found a way to form to plan to fund and organize in Afghanistan.”
Downing explained the custom in Middle Eastern countries to welcome and shelter guests and to provide what assistance they might need.
“To the cultural idea of Pashtunwali, of ‘host-ism’, that’s very cultural there, where you are given a very high honor by protecting somebody in your house, whether you agree with them or not, whether a good person or a bad person,” he said. “That’s how you bring honor upon your house or your village or your country. And so that created this perfect storm that allowed Osama Bin Ladin to operate there, and I